Mystician bismarck state college
[VOLUME 74|ISSUE 1|SEPTEMBER 2012]
Enrollment decrease hits BSC alyssa meier [editor-in-chief] In the midst of the campus filling with new and returning students, a problem arose at Bismarck State College. Since the fall semester of 2011, enrollment at BSC has plummeted nearly 11 percent. BSC Vice President and Chief Finance officer Dave Clark said that one factor that has led to the decrease in students is the strength of North Dakota’s economy.
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“It’s good for the state, but its sort of working against us in an enrollment perspective,” Clark said.
Bismarck State College kicked off the school year with a dance at the Civic Center for students. To see the rest of the photos visit www.mystician.com
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With the unemployment rate constantly dropping lower and businesses growing more desperate workers, students have more options other than going to college after high school graduation. “We have more students than typical who maybe haven’t made up their minds whether a college education is going to be for them or not,” Clark said. “When there are good job opportunities, sometimes they will select that in lieu of going to college.”
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Oil field workers offer perspective Ten years ago, the town of Williston, North Dakota was just Williston, ND. Today, Williston is the place to make money and a place that most people are uncertain about visiting. The oil boom is taking over the upper northwest region of ND. Williston, Watford City, Stanley, Dickinson, Minot and even Bismarck are starting to obtain residents from across the United States. “Other than the income, meeting new people is the next best thing. Sometimes I think it’s better than the money,” Tyler Eckman, a casing
hand at Joe’s Casing said. “The stories that some people have, the places they have been or what they have gone through just to get here are amazing.”
License plates from Washington, Utah and Wyoming all the way to Virginia, Michigan and Georgia can be seen when driving along almost any highway or the interstate. Not only are people coming from all over the state to work in the oil field, but also people from around the world are coming here to work at gas stations and restaurants because of high minimum wage. With so many people moving in, areas such as Williston are starting to become known as “unsafe.”
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Man camps near Bakken, ND depict the effect that the oil boom has had.
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Letter from the e d it or From across the Atlantic, I watched the athletes fight for their medals. I watched them shatter records and I witnessed them push even harder if they didn’t. I cheered along with the victors and shared the sorrow of those that fell. Even as the events wrapped up and the closing ceremony ended, the images stayed with me. Part of me was frustrated that I had quit so many things in my life. Whether it was piano or volleyball, I stopped pushing myself after a while and slowly gave up. I watched the USA Women’s soccer team take first and wondered how far I could have gone if I had tried harder. Still, it is clear that some things we try in life will not be permanent. Either we are simply not good at them or we don’t like them. Sometimes, I think we as people give up too easily. Things get difficult and we convince ourselves that it isn’t meant to be and something better will come along. Watching the athletes compete this summer, I had hope. None of them were born winners. All of them have faced failure and disappointment over and over, some during the olympics, only to rise back up and win. As this semester begins, keep hope. Have faith in yourself. Try your hardest, but learn to forgive yourself when things don’t go your way. Sometimes you are going to be let down, because whenever you try something new, there is a chance that you will fail. Don’t let it break you. Let it motivate you. Let it push you. Because whether it is a gold medal or a degree, you won’t achieve it without work.
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4 | Apartment VS Dorms 5 | Oil workers cont. 5 | Kyren Miller 6 | Enrollment cont. 6 | BSC buildings
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Apartment life differs from dorm life
joshua knels [writer] When students begin their first semester of college, there are many decisions that must be made before the start of school. One of the biggest decisions that students have to make is where they will live during the semester. Some students decide to live at home with their parents to save money.
at the exact same time. If you are a gamer, and wish to play on Live with privacy, apartments are highly recommended.”
“Everyone is more grouped together and are close. Everyone knows everyone. They can go do to door and go do stuff.” Cody Schirado said. However, this can be a disadvantage if one wishes to have privacy. “In the dorms, you have to share with a lot of people, and sometimes, you don’t even know who you are rooming with. Also, you have to have lights out by a certain time.” Stephen Lemke explaineed, “You get better WiFi connection in apartments rather than the dorms, when dozens of people can be online
After the first year of college, some students decide to change their mind about their living quarters and decide to try out the other option. For students that live out of state, they may try to get an apartment during the summer to resume summer classes instead of going home. This can give students the chance to experience the apartment life if they chose to live in the dorms for their first year. However, some students think that dorms should be recommended for Freshman. “I think living in the dorms should be mandatory for the first year. You know more about the social events while staying in the
dorms.” Patrick Neumiller said as he expressed his view on the importance of school activities. When asked about apartments, he replied, “When you have an apartment, you can just go home if you want peace and quiet.” In apartments, students have several advantages over the dorms. Students have more privacy, freedom than the average student and the advantage of knowing who will be your roommate. Dorms do have their advantages so don’t count them out. Living in the dorms allows one to be more knowledgeable about school events, save money on gas because expenses are already paid for and the ability to be more sociable Whichever one chooses, each living condition has their advantages and disadvantages.
Living in apartments offers more privacy for residents.
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However, some students don’t have that luxury; especially students that go to college out of town, state or even the country. In these cases, the student must decide if they want to live in the college dorms, get an apartment or house if they are lucky, usually renting with several roommates in order to pay the rent.
Which is better? Living in the dorms or an apartment? There are many advantages and disadvantages in both cases. In the dorms, one of the advantages is being social.
Living in the dorms keeps students connected to campus life.
Kyren Miller shares his energy shannon hawkins [news editor] Kyren Miller, an Associate Professor at Bismarck State College who teaches in the National Energy Center of Excellence, has given lessons in Process and Power Plant Technology courses at BSC for seven years. Miller grew up in Mandan and went through
the Process Plant Technology Program in the 90’s before he got a job in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, he was hired at BSC as an instructor. He also serves as co-chair for the Consititution Day Commitee. “My favorite part about being at BSC is working with young
people,” Miller said. “The staff and faculty at BSC are always nice and helpful, so it makes for a positive work environment.”
“As new technology comes forward, you have to be able to research that, and then apply it to the classroom so the students can understand the material.”
Miller says the most challenging part about teaching at BSC is the questions students present him with.
Miller likes to hunt, fish, read, and spend time with his family, wife and yellow Lab, Rex.
“The energy industry is always changing,” Miller said.
“Pretty boring stuff,” Miller said of his interests, with a laugh.
Constitution day Sept. 17 is Constitution Day and since 2004, Bismarck State College has done just about everything to commemorate the holiday. Higher education institutions must offer education on this day to be eligible for Title IV funding,
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The law and the other regulations are extremely flexible and almost any event regarding the Constitution will fit the requirements. In the past, BSC has shown movies and provided food. This year students are invited to vote via text on several issues and results will be posted in Jack Science Center and the Student Union. Also there will be a tree planting in honor of Floyd Boutrous. Free ice cream will be offered in the the SU from noon to 1 p.m.
Kyren Miller displays state-of-the-art equipment at the NECE.
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Oil industry affects North Dakota
An oil rig site between Ray and Williston, North Dakota has drawn many workers to the state.
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“I have never directly encountered anything that made me feel unsafe, besides the traffic that never ends,” Brent Job, a casing hand and cam technician for Joe’s Casing said. Job runs a liner in the hole after it has been drilled and uses special equipment to ensure that each connection is made properly and documented correctly. He started working in the oil field last August in Stanley, N.D. for DHS drilling. “I went into the oil field to learn a new trade, develop hands-on skills and for the high pay,” Job said. “I was definitely nervous my first day on a rig … everything
is so big and moves fast.” Job and Eckman agreed that the hardest adjustment after starting at Joe’s Casing was not having a set schedule. They are on call 24/7 with no time off unless they request it. When they get a call to go to work, the length of the job is unknown. Sometimes it takes as little as three hours, but other times they could be working for over 24 hours or back-to-back jobs. “I get asked how I prepare for that, and my only answer is that I don’t,” Eckman said. “I just hope that when we arrive on site that everything goes smoothly and everyone gets home safe.” Physical labor was initially difficult to handle Job said. However, one advances quickly and becomes physically fit from constant work. Mental toughness
and self-motivation strengthened from the tasks an oil field worker must do day in and day out. “Although, like anything, one learns to adapt to the lifestyle,” Job said. Job and Eckman shared insights about how the mainstream media has skewed the general public’s perception of not just Williston, but everyone who works in the oil field. Eckman said that one shouldn’t take every single thing that is said to heart. He said Williston is not even close to as bad as it is made out to be. “People call us oil field trash, but I’m one of the most well-dressed, clean-cut people you will meet,” Eckman said. “I’m not saying there isn’t a bad side to Williston because there is some shady activity.”
In the upper northwest area, workers live anywhere from mancamps, lodges, which would be similar to the size of a trailer, or in houses with up to 10 roommates. Some live in their vehicles for as long as a couple of months before finding a place to rent. Hotels are being built and opening with a decent offer for long-term stay. “I had no idea where I was going to live, what I was getting myself into or if I’d even get a job doing it,” Eckman said. “Everything was so up in the air that it was very stressful for the first few weeks.” Many areas of this work and lifestyle have not been told. This is the first story in a series about Williston, the oil field industry and personal stories from workers around the country.
Hydration station arrives at BSC
2012 marks 11 years since the World Trade Centers fell. Show your support for all the lives that were lost by wearing red, white and blue. BSC students who wear their red, white and blue attire to the Mystician office, Schafer Hall Rm. 315, on that day between 11-2 will receive a free patriotic cupcake. The first 11 will also get a T-shirt.
Hydration station fuels a greener BSC.
Patriot day September 11, 2012
Users simply place a water bottle underneath the fountain and release. The station’s electronic sensor provides a sanitary way to fill up a water bottle because no buttons ever have to be pressed. Its speedy fountain will fill up a bottle three times faster than using a normal water fountain. So not only will students be helping the environment by reducing plastic bottle waste, they might make it to classes on time.
Bismarck State College has made one small change on campus that will make an impact on our world. The college has installed the Elkay EZH20 hydration station. This water bottle filling station is an addition to the traditional Elkay water fountains we have on campus. The station’s electronic green ticker shows an estimate of how many water bottles are saved from being dumped into landfills. Seeing an
actual number of bottles displayed can make users feel as though they are truly helping the environment.
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Enrollment drops at BSC Another reason that some may be passing up college right now is the lack of housing for students. Not only are the BSC dorms full, but living quarters in the community are becoming increasingly hard to find. “Housing in the community is tight and what is available is more expensive than it has been in the past,” Clark said.
Clark also observed that the graduating classes from the area high schools were smaller than usual, leading to an inevitable drop in enrollment. Also, a higher percentage of students went to bigger universities this fall instead of staying in town to attend BSC. Clark recognizes that many of these students end up transferring back to BSC for the spring semester.
Along with a decrease in students on campus, the actual number of credit hours is 8.75 percent lower than this time last year. Though this is a large drop in credit hours, that number has not fallen as far as the number of students enrolling. “That means our average student is taking a heavier load than those at this time last year,” Clark said. One factor has counteracted the school’s losses. Online classes seem to have not been affected by the enrollment drop and
stand about where they were this time last year. Because online classes cost significantly more than on campus classes, the school is not in as much trouble as Clark suspected originally. “Originally I was thinking we were down about 1 million, but now it is looking more like 750,000,” Clark said about the school’s financial losses. “We are going to be down for sure.” To help make up for the profit loss, the school is taking several actions. Budgets will be examined and possibly cut if excess has been periodically present at the end of the year. Although Clark does not foresee any layoffs, some positions that haven’t been filled yet will be evaluated. If they are not deemed entirely necessary, the school will not be hiring anyone for that position. This, plus reserve funds, will help keep BSC out of a dangerous situation. “They expect us to manage situations like this on our own,” Clark said. “We can’t just run to the state and ask for more money.”
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Clark, a BSC employee of 23 years, has only see a drop in enrollment such as this twice before, the most recent being in 2005. Enrollment has slowly been rising as school begins, but the exact number of students and BSC’s financial situation will not be confirmed until the fourth week of the semester.
Campus buildings aid BSC katie marthaller [writer]
Nestled between Jack Science Center and Schafer Hall on the Bismarck State College campus is the Tom and Frances Leach Music Center. If students are hurrying to their classes, they might just miss this musical village. On many occasions piano music or singing may be heard through the hallway, calling people to stop and listen.
Walking through Schafer Hall students may think it is just filled with classrooms, but they would be wrong. Schafer Hall has alot more to offer than that meets the eye.
The Leach Music Center consists of many interesting and exciting classes. This center has a variety of rooms that include concert choir, chamber choir, wind, jazz, guitar, percussion and string ensembles, class piano and music technology. A student can even broaden his or her knowledge by taking private lessons. These lessons help students in the areas of voice, guitar, piano, strings, wind and percussion. Room 177 is an important space in the center. This area is the Rehearsal Room which lets many students express their talents. “ [An] enjoyable music experience” Dr. John Darling, the Associate Professor of Instrumental Music said he hoped students take with them when they leave BSC. He also remarked that the first music event would be the faculty recital on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. This exciting musical performance by the faculty will be held in the Sidney J. Lee auditorium. Mary Wagner, a BSC student, said that her life would be incomplete without music. Many people feel this way, even if it is just listening to the radio, singing in the shower or going into music major. “Everybody’s life needs music.” Darling said.
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The Jack Science Center is home to many of the math and science classrooms and offices. It was finished in 1997.
indy castellanos [writer] Walking through the front doors of the Jack Science Center, the first thing one would notice is the plaque by the information center. Engraved into the plaque is the year 1997 showing the year the building was finished. It also shows the names of the Board of Higher Education, Building Committee, consultants, and contractors. Walking each floor in the three-story building, one notices that the majority of classrooms are not like the other classrooms on campus. This is because the Jack Science Center is composed of many different labs, including labs for: computer science, engineering, and math. Students studying degrees in these areas may find the labs useful. If students are not taking any classes in these areas, JSC does have different resources available including: a study center and computer lab. The study center features nice lightning, and includes an aquarium for scenery. This is a room students can go in between their daily classes to finish their assignments or have a peaceful study session. The computer lab in JSC is a convenient area for both students and faculty because of its opening and closing hours. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday. A resourceful building for students taking math or science courses, JSC is convenient for other students and faculty as well. Its study room and computer lab allow for everyone to accomplish his or her academic needs here at Bismarck State College.
Conjoining with the Jack Science Center, Schafer Hall holds the music department and in the basement are the theater classrooms. Students can find on the first floor of Schafer Hall Academic Records, Admissions, the Help Desk, Financial aid and Student Finance offices. Each of these offices off help to the new and returning students. Also on the first floor students will find the Sidney J Lee auditorium which holds concerts, plays and guest speakers. The Elsa Forde Gallery is on first and features work from students at Bismarck State College. Second floor is where the classrooms begin. There is a study area where students are free to work on homework in a quiet environment. There is also a testing center. The testing center helps students with test anxiety and give placement tests. Walking up the steps to third floor students will find the Mystician office where the school’s student newspaper is created. Also on third many classes are offered from psychology to foreign language. When walking down the halls on every floor students will find bulletin boards and are bound to find a club to join, a new job or even a new roommate! The bulletin boards down every hallway that offer a little bit of something for everyone, just as Schafer Hall does.
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8 | Hunger games 9 | Hypnotist 9 | Luke Ganje 10 | Epic summer stories
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Famous hypnotist visits BSC campus
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Bismarck State College welcomed back Sailesh, the Hypnotist, for the seventh year in a row as one of the many activities provided by the school during move-in week. “I got hypnotised in college, fell in love, wondered about it and did some reading,” Sailesh said about his journey to becoming a hypnotist. Sailesh brings his show around the world, touring in Europe, North America, but most importantly, American college
campuses.. He originally kept his performances in bars, but the loss of his nieces to a drunk driver made him turn his focus to other locations. This year, he joined Students Against Destructive Decisions to raise awareness and created a scholarship fund for the group. Sailesh stated that between 20 and 30 BSC students voluntarily participated in his most recent show. Participants are forewarned that they will be performing embarrassing acts, which is the reason why there is not a dry eye in the house as the audience watches. Viewers shriek with laughter as they witness hypnotised volunteers battle over who saved thirty
More than twenty BSC students participating in the hypnotist show.
members from a “sunken ship” to clapping along with an irish jig as participants jump to “Riverdance.” “It felt so weird,” said Jessica Johnson, a student a BSC and one of the volunteers who was hypnotised. “At first I wasn’t. I remember a snake and dancing.”
The snake would be referring to when Sailesh asked for a volunteer’s belt. With the flick of a wrist and a few hisses into the mike, he convinced the participants that the belt had turned into a long, slender reptile. Viewers chuckled over the terrified faces from some of the female volunteers as Sailesh waved the “snake” in front of them, Johnson being one of the frightened few.
“My head felt weird,” said Shawn Carlson, another BSC volunteer, of his experience onstage.
Audiences should be aware that Sailesh’s show is not like average hypnotists. Sailesh’s performance is uncensored, allowing volunteers to swear and make sexual references, even going so far as to perform in inappropriate ways. There is really no disclosure, but, just like the participants, viewers should also be warned about what they’re about to watch. Students had a great time seeing the power of hypnosis can do to a person, making Sailesh’s show a great experience, the the first week back at BSC.
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May the reading be ever in your favor shannon hawkins [news editor] It’s been said before and it will be said again; for Bismarck State College, this is the year of The Hunger Games. Before the release of the movie in March, students at BSC voted the New York Times Bestseller as the fall semester Campus Read.
It’s estimated that at least half the students per class have already read the book and three-
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“We have an e-mail address
that students can send us their recommendations,” Erin Price said, Assistant Professor of English at BSC and Co-Chair of the Campus Read Committee. “People are really familiar with The Hunger Games, so it seems like some excitement has already been generated. Overall, the response has been really positive.”
fourths have seen the movie, but there will be more in-depth themes and discussions brought up during lectures. The setting of the story takes place in a desolate, futuristic North America called Panem. The mistreatment of the characters in the book is sparking some action in real life. “We want to tie in a charity project this year, which kind of ties into the idea of some of the issues that are addressed in the book,” said Price said regarding the activities discussed in the Campus Read meetings. “We’re hoping that it’s going to be a pretty campus wide effect.” Despite those that are taking motivation from the book to help others, there are some that have issues with the story all together. The violence of children in The Hunger Games has ignited controversy among parents and students alike across the country. BSC is presenting The Hunger Games during “Read Out” on Banned Books on Oct 3 in the Library. Banned Books Week is a yearly event that focuses on the
The violence of children in The Hunger Games has ignited controversy among parents and students alike across the country. freedom of reading books that have been banned or censored across the United States, whether in schools, stores or even at home. The event highlights the rights of the First Amendment and works hard to garner attention. BSC would like students to attend to see and hear about the challenges addressed with The Hunger Games series. With all controversies aside, the Campus Read committee is still in the works to prepare events and activities to fire up BSC students and pay tribute to the worldwide phenomenon that is known as The Hunger Games.
Writer strives for individuality
ben jyring [graphic editor] At what age did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
What are some sources you look to for inspiration, and why?
What is your schedule like when you’re writing?
Ganje poses in front of a forest. The 23 year old is a Bismarck native, and claims hiking as being among his favorite hobbies.
Great. [laughs ] Here’s where I shine as an incredibly exciting individual. [pause] I was lying. Basically, I love hiking, and playing basketball poorly, and reading of course. I read at least
There’s not a lot to say about LukeGanje.com, unfortunately! [Luaghs] It’s loaded with short stories, poetry, and novel excerpts on there; I have a news section which is very barren and somewhat lonely at the moment, because news doesn’t happen as much as you’d think. [laughs] I update my blog, or try to update it, every week or two. The blog’s entirely on how I’m feeling at the moment, and they always deal with subjects that I feel people should think about, but rarely
There was the fantasy author
Please keep reading! [laughs] Keep reading, spread the word, and as mentioned, I have just about as random a mind as humanly possible. Odds are that I will write something that you will want to read. Bear with me long enough, and you willl see what it is!
What are some activities or hobbies you like to pursue when you are not writing?
Let’s hear about your website, LukeGanje.com, and your regularly updated blog. What can we expect to see from it in the near future?
Who would be one entity outside of your family that you feel supported you in your writing?
Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers?
Providing that I’m not slacking, I generally write or edit from 3 o’clock in the afternoon until 8 in the evening. Sometimes when I’m slacking [laughs] it’s more like 6 to 8, and I try to cram those five hours into a two-hour block. My goal is a four and a half to a five-hour block of writing each night. I work from about 6 in the morning to 2:30 in the afternoon at my day job, so there’s never really a dull moment.
Not so much a message, no. It’s more just for the sake of enjoyment. It came about when a buddy of mine and I were talking about religion and politics, and somehow we came onto the topic of a lady I used to work with, when I worked overnights. She had a five-year-old son that she had somehow successfully totally cloak him from death, the concept, movies, anything related. She just said “He’s not ready to know yet,” and I thought what a story would be like, if I could exacerbate the circumstances and just make it even more incredible and hopefully hysterical, in a very dark and macabre light.
Well, the best review I ever had was when someone slapped me on the back of the head and asked me what the hell was wrong with me. [laughs] That right there was the first indication that I was doing exactly what I wanted to with my writing! Other than that, there’s no way to sugar-coat the fact that beginning writers in general don’t get a lot of attention, especially when they’re not published yet. I have gotten a few emails on my website that have been pleasant and… well, they’ve been pleasant. You know. [laughs] Standard fare, fight the good fight, keep going, you’ll succeed because you’re decent, that sort of thing. So it’s always appreciated, but it’s limited at this point.
Struggles of individuality. That is the main, driving theme of my work, yes. Philosophers… like Aristotle and Ayn Rand; also Christopher Hitchens! He counts as a philosopher, even though he isn’t recognized as such. Yet.
Recently I had the opportunity to read your short story, A __ In The Family. Is there a message in there that you want readers to grasp?
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Eldon Thompson from Oregon, who wound up being hugely influential, as I was kind of a fan boy back then. I got him to sign a book for me, mentioned that I was trying to become a writer; and over time and continued conversation he became the first person to ever read my manuscript. He’s the blurb on the home page of my website, to help me promote my writing and look somewhat professional. He was always willing to provide me with advice to get through the depression that was sinking in when I would think, “Perhaps this is a shitty novel that nobody will ever read!” [laughs] Having someone like that, having someone who was already established in the writing community and was willing to shell out advice to a naive teenager, was incredibly helpful.
At what age did I find it was feasible? 18. 18 years old. I realized I was terrible at basketball and couldn’t be a professional bird-watcher, as well as finding a talent that I was actually good at, which was of course writing.
a book every week, and of course normal things: hanging out with friends, etc. Music is a big part of my life, well, not really, but I like music quite well.
do. A lot of times, it’s stuff that came from personal realization, and just the knowledge that if this is how I feel, someone else out there must feel the same.
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Luke Ganje does not do things half-way. At first glance, his rocker clothing, styled goatee, and enormous stature may seem a bit intimidating; but sitting down with him over a cup of tea reveals his kindness and intellect. The young man takes center stage in an interview, answering our questions about his life as a local writer.
What’s up with the president?
This will be the first of many glances into the life of President Larry Skogen. We will talk about his interests, his style and his life. If you have something you would like to ask him, send your questions to editor@ mystician.org. Stay tuned for more from the Mystician and from Dr. Larry Skogen.
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Bismarck State College’s president Dr. Larry Skogen recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and did something quite unusual for the occasion. Skogen, who was inspired by a friend’s similar action, hired a personal trainer through the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center.
Skogen was driven to improve his physical fitness, commenting that “60 is the new 50.” He has been visiting the Aquatic and Wellness Center twice a week to meet with his personal trainer for a couple hours. “We do a lot of weight lifting and core exercises,” Skogen said. “I do the cardio on my own.” Skogen has exercised on his own for years, but having a personal trainer was an entirely new experience. “I’ve always been active,
but I’ve never had someone there to tell me if I’m using the right form and to keep me accountable,” Skogen said. Skogen has found that exercising has greatly benefited him in several ways. “You feel better about yourself when you’re physically fit, have your weight under control, and have more physical endurance,” Skogen said. Aside from obvious physical benefits, Skogen mentioned that exercise also made an impact on the mind. “Your mental abilities increase with physical activity,” Skogen said. “When I’m writing or working through a problem, the best ideas--the best solutions have come up when I’m exercising.” Skogen also noted that numerous studies have been done that show how activity affects individuals’ overall happiness.
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This will be the first of many glances into the life of President Larry Skogen. We will talk about his interests, his style, and his life. If you have something you would like to ask him, send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more from the Mystician and from Dr. Larry Skogen.
“Every study ever done on the human body suggests that the healthiest people, the people who spend less on medical expenses, who have the best psychological coping skills, and who are the happiest are physically fit,” Skogen said. Present Skogen sets an example for the rest of the school in taking the first step to better fitness.
President Larry Skogen exercises in the BSC Aquatic and Wellness Center. Skogen recently hired a personal trainer.
Local DJ turns tables and heads Ryan McCormack, son of BSC professor J. Michael McCormack, has made quite a name for himself (literally) as DJ Antiquity. His mixes are available at Rhythm Records and on his SoundCloud page. ben jyring [graphic editor]
past year. But, with any serious collection, quality counts more than quantity. I have some rare,
obscure stuff and then I have some questionable garbage. So every now and then I thin it out and rediscover lps that I have.
What are your feelings on MC’s?
As far as my feelings for MCs
go I have never worked with any. I am not a hip hop DJ/Turntablist by any means although that genre inspires me to this day. MCs were vital in the early days of hiphop along with the DJs, graffiti artists and breakdancers. All four of those elements have gone their separate ways more or less these days.
The first record in my collection was a copy of “Music from “ A fistful of Dollars” “ For a Few Dollars More” and “ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” conducted by Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra recorded in 1968 on RCA Records....Back in 1998-9, I stopped at a yard sale out of curiousity and after rummaging around for a bit, saw a carton of records under a table. When I saw the cover for that record, it had such cool looking art and bold lettering, I had to have it, hear it....always loved those movies growing up, their music scores were so haunting. So I bought it and a few other lps along with a turntable that the old man just happened to have for sale. Ive been searching for and collecting records ever since.
How big is your vinyl collection?
To be honest I have not counted my lps for some time. A modest estimate would be over 2000 probably more. Working at Rhythm Records has helped my collection mushroom the
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What was your first record you bought?
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North Dakota blue laws grow old
Body text-To many people, Sundays are a day of rest after church and a time for family. This dates back to when there was no separation between church and state; the time when Blue Laws were in effect. When the laws were established in the 17th century, the Sabbath and Christian beliefs and regulations were followed as if they were governmental laws. Originally, the Blue Laws were placed to respect values of the Christians, one of which was that there should be no activities of any kind occurring on Sundays. According to Resources for Attorneys Legal Blog, when the Blue Laws were first initiated, citizens were supposed to attend mandatory church services on Sundays. Attending church is now an option. This worked well in the past, but as time and society have progressed, government and religion no longer go hand in hand. In fact, they are completely separated.
The majority of the United States have either repealed the law completely or eliminated them, with only Massachusetts and Connecticut still abiding by the original Blue Laws. North Dakota is one of the last states that has strict areas of the Blue Laws. If one needs to buy something, nothing is open until noon on Sundays or not open at all. The only exceptions are restaurants and gas stations that can be open in the morning. Most of the states have laws prohibiting the sale of liquor or the hours liquor can be sold on Sundays. Along with the alcohol prohibition, car dealerships are not allowed to be open on Sundays in many of the same states. With the influx of people moving to North Dakota, this law seems illogical. People from outof-state are unaware of our laws, and with the oil field workers, most of them only have a little bit of time to get things they need.
Not only does it effect oil field workers, but also those on night shifts or swing shifts. With the cost of everything rising, people are having to work more hours, giving them less time to do other things. Whether a business, of any sort, is open on Sunday should be up to the owner. If church-goers have the option to attend church, others should have the option of going to the store to get necessary products. Along with those people, businesses should have the luxury of being able to choose if they should be open on Sundays. This wouldnâ€™t hurt anyone, because we would all have a choice. Businesses, local or corporate, would make more money and help keep them open the other six days of the week, which in return helps the economy as a whole. Consumers and producers would benefit if the Blue Laws were repealed and left up to the owners to decide their hours.
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Mystician | September 2012
Beyond outspoken Every moment you are alive is an opportunity to learn something.
alyssa meier [editor-in-chief] My life changed last year when my family moved out of my home of 18 years. No, it isn’t what you’re thinking. I’m not going to blabber about sentimental things, change and junk you have heard a thousand times. This is about something far more important. Just hear me out. It started about a year ago. I was going through my room in preparation for moving as soon as our house was built. I was sorting through clothes, determining what went into the three boxes in front of me. One was going with me to the new house. The second was going to be donated. The last was going into storage. It contained all the items I wouldn’t need over the winter: swimsuits, sun dresses, flip flops and tank tops. These items were being hidden away in a storage building until we were moved in, so we wouldn’t have so many boxes hanging around. When the house was finally finished, we packed up our boxes and started putting the house together. I moved into my room, hung up paintings, bought furniture and filled a gargantuan closet. Over the next few months, we grew accustomed to our new home. Everything had a new place, regular mail started coming without being forwarded and we weren’t surprised anymore to wake up there.
One day, that box came crawling back into my head. I brought it back home, opened it up and felt my stomach sink a bit. As happy as I was initially to have more clothes to wear, I couldn’t help but feel guilty. It made me realize how much excess many people have in their lives. How many things do we have that we never use? They hide in closets and garages, hidden beneath beds and a layer of worry that one day we might need them. I am fairly sure that I could have donated that box long ago and not missed any of it. There is someone out there somewhere who could have used those things I had packed away. The giant excess some people have seems like nothing to them, yet the little things that the underprivileged have means everything to them.
If a person gets paid every two weeks and donates a dollar of it, he or she can donate over 50 dollars in a year. That same money that wouldn’t be missed can help save someone. According to www.worldhunger.org, in 2010, nearly 47 million people were in poverty, not including the 20 million in extreme poverty. This means that the incomes of those families of four or more were at, or below $10,000, less than half of the income rates of families considered to be at the poverty line.
Sometimes it is difficult to give away possessions. An easy way to determine whether or not to keep something is to take all of the hangers in your closet and turn them backwards, so they hook onto the rod from the back. When an item of clothing is worn, flip the hanger to the other side. After a year, donate any clothes on hangers that were never flipped. A fun way to donate is to have a competition between family members, friends or classmates. Keep a jar for each player and see who can put the most change in it over a week, month or year. Whoever puts the most change it earns a prize. All of the change is then donated. Any money or belongings can be given to The Abused Adult Resource Center, the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House or Good Will. Items can also be brought to a number of second-hand stores in the area. With the economy in its current state, more and more people are finding their way onto the streets. Not all of them are criminals or drug addicts. They haven’t broken any laws; they just ran out of luck. It is time to offer up any excess to help out those in need. The time to give is not November or December once the snow has fallen. The time is now.
Stay healthy from inside out alesha pfennig [content editor]
As the universal time clock keeps on ticking, like many others, I have encountered numerous obstacles. Some of which I overcame quite easily, while others I struggled to get past. Any way one looks at it, there is always a lesson to be learned, no matter the situation.
One thing I have slowly realized is the actual meaning of being healthy. Not necessarily in the means of watching my calories or even exercising, but feeling good all the time. Calorie intake, keeping my body in shape and sleeping right are a few things I’ve been working on. However, I know by being mentally, physically and emotionally healthy won’t be enough in the end. There is a deeper connection of well being that is going on inside our bodies; our spiritual health. Our natural energy is often pushed aside, and a lot of times, forgotten about. In the complexity of life, I feel we become too reliant on outside help for easily selfcurable things and forget that we are the ones who are in control of our overall well being. In order for me to keep my natural energy in balance, I use the ancient healing form known as chakras. There are seven main chakra centers placed along our spine that is connected to a specific part of ones body. (see picture) Each chakra acts as a filter for energy that is pulled from one’s surroundings. Through learning and understanding each center and the purpose of what they do, we can enhance our attitudes toward life. Everyone has a dominant chakra; one that is easy to focus on and center. There are many ways to connect with the chakras and to become healthy as a whole. Each center is associated with a color and other things that obtain each affinity. Working with crystals, gemstones and minerals is an option to get started in understanding the chakra centers. I first read The Book of Chakras: Discover the Hidden Forces Within You by Amibka Wauters to gain knowledge on my spiritual health. After I figured out which chakra I most relate to, I gave meditation a try. Not going to lie, it was weird at first. But, once I finally cleared my head and got lost in my breathing and silence, I was there. On the energy level I never really thought was obtainable. Chakras give us the ability to become focused on the paths we choose, realize the gifts and talent that we possess and re-center love and compassion in our lives. They help us by transforming the negativity that enters our mind and body. By using chakra knowledge and meditation, along with eating and sleeping right with the occasional exercise, I’m starting to feel better as a whole. It’s not going to happen over night, it takes practice. Once that natural energy is acknowledged, a new feeling will be available at personal discretion. Thinking there’s just a little push that is needed to allow one to complete the overall well being? Look into what your chakra centers have to offer.
Mystician | September 2012
18 | Polluted river 18 | Sports profile 19 | Olympics 19 | NFL rookies 20 | Calendar of events
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Payton Borud [BSC volleyball player]
Litter threatens Missouri River For me, someone who has lived in Bismarck for most of his life, it has been very plain to see that the Missouri River is a tremendous resource. However, during the summer, the banks of the Missouri can get trashed. As a person raised to appreciate and respect the outdoors, I loathe littering, especially when it harms natural resources.
Littering is an easy thing to do, and a lot of the time people don’t even realize when they commit the act. As easy as littering is though, it’s just as easy to pick up after yourself. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned from my father is this: before you leave, clean up after yourself and make it look better than it did when you got there. No one wants to go fishing or spend a day along the river when everywhere you look there is someone else’s junk carelessly scattered around. Have some respect, clean up after yourself so your mess doesn’t take away from the next person’s experience.
With the Missouri River being a popular destination for both recreation and relaxation, garbage quickly gathers on the shoreline
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I can look back on multiple instances over the summer when I would be fishing on the river and I would see a Styrofoam cooler or worm box float by, not to mention all of the beer bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic bags strewn down shoreline. Besides catching fish, the whole reason I love to fish is so I can get away from everything and relax in a beautiful, quiet spot. With the amount of garbage
lining the banks of the Missouri, it’s becoming harder and harder to find those pretty little spots to fish at, which is discouraging.
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jack pieper [life editor]
Debris lines the banks of the Missouri
Volleyball girls bump up the intensity shannon hawkins [news editor] The Bismarck State College volleyball team is ready to bring an incredible season to the courts. Not only are the teammates getting along and playing well together, but everyone is anticipating a winning tournament that will take the girls to the National Tournament at the end of the season. “We have a lot of talent this year, so we are expecting to do very well,” Taylor Wade, a sophomore at BSC and middle hitter on the team, said. “I really love our coaches and the girls on the team. We all get along really well and we play well together. It’s a really busy season, so we’re on the go all the time.” Wade is from Devils Lake, attending BSC to study Business Administration and hang out with friends. She started playing volleyball in 7th grade and hopes for a successful team this year. Shelby Eamon, a sophomore completing her generals at BSC, plays right side on the volleyball court. She began playing volleyball in 4th grade and is from Jamestown.
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“We all do basically everything together,” Eamon said of her teammates.
Payton Borud, Taylor Wade, and Shelby Eamon pose for a picture while on a break from volleyball practice.
Payton Borud is the team’s setter from Hazen and is at BSC to tackle volleyball, her dream to become a nurse and social life with friends and classmates. She has been playing volleyball since 5th grade and enjoys road trips and going out to eat with her team. “I’m looking forward to playing with all the girls to see how far our talent will be able to take us this year,” Borud said.
Mystician | September 2012
The London Olympics alyssa meier [editor in chief] Many stories were told over the 16 day span of competition that was the 2012 summer olympics. From across the globe, spectators watched London in awe of the athletes and their talents. Many of theses athletes, though, were left in the shadows of those who were lucky enough to make the headlines. This is a compilation of some of the olympians who went above and beyond to represent their country. An untold story One olympian began his battle long before he arrived at the olympics. South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee, fought for his right to compete in the games after claims of his carbon fiber prosthetics giving him an advantage. In January of 2008, the New York Times reported that the International Association of Athletics Federations ruled Pistorius ineligible because of a section in the competition rules banning the use of any device that “incorporates springs, wheels or any other element that provides a user with an advantage over another athlete not using such a device.” The athlete protested, eventually receiving an opportunity to be observed in competition by scientists who later determined that Pistorius held an advantage over competitors that did not also have prosthetics. That same year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed that Pistorius had no feasible advantage and thus was allowed to compete. He finally earned his place in the 400 meter heat and made it to the semifinals only to come in eighth place, silencing rumors of any advantage. “I’ve worked for six years and to come out here today was just an unbelievable experience,” Pistorius said after the race. Best female athlete
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Top: Bismarck Community Bowl Middle: BSC Aquatic & Wellness Center Bottom: Bismarck State College Armory basketball court
Record Michael Phelps set the record for number of medals received in an olympic carreer. He now holds 19 medals, 15 of which are gold. This broke the 48-year oldrecord previously held by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who has 9 gold, 5 silver, and 4 bronze.
Nearly a decade later, she won the United States their first gold medal in judo at the London Olympics. Harrison
After having their gold medal snatched from their hands in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, the USA women’s water polo team finally reached their goal. They overcame the Australian team who had beaten them in 2000. Next, they faced Spain. They put up a fight for a 8-5 final score, the gold medal and their dream of standing before the world at the top of the podium listening to their national anthem play.
The coach was put into prison, leaving Harrison in emotional turmoil. Rather than spite the sport for the bad memories associated with it, the young woman was empowered. She used her emotions as motivation and dedicated herself wholly to the craft. She later claimed that the sport saved her life.
Years ago, when the United States olympian Kayla Harrison was only 13-years-old, she came to her mother with a dark secret. The teenager confessed that for years, she had been sexually abused by her judo coach.
shows no shame in her dark past, inspiring many with her courage and determination.
For more, go to www.cbssports. com or www.nytimes.com.
NFL rookies have high expectations jhett cihak [ sports editor ]
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Being a rookie in the NFL brings substantial pressure to make the 53 man roster on a team. For highly drafted rookie quarterbacks the pressure is to get on the field early and perform up to their potential.
Quarterback has been called the most difficult position in all professional sports, putting more pressure on rookie quarterbacks from the 2012 Draft Class. Three rookie quarterbacks, all drafted in the first round, have each already played in two preseason games. Each individual quarterback has shown flashes of potential as well as rookie mistakes. Andrew Luck, the highly touted rookie from Stanford University was drafted with the first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts. Having to rep lace the legend, Peyton Manning, the pressure couldn’t be greater on the PAC12 product. Luck was considered the best prospect to come out of college since the man he is replacing in Indy, and even on his first pass he proved why. After throwing a 63 yard screen (all stats via espn. go.com) on his very first pass to veteran running back Donald Brown the rookie looked poised and ready to play. By games end, racking up just under 200 yards and two touchdowns, Luck established himself as an NFL starting quarterback. Robert Griffin III, nicknamed RGIII, was a dynamic college quarterback at Baylor University.
A track star, making the All-USA Track and Field Team in high school, this highly recruited, intelligent, dual threat quarterback was bound for success. After three explosive seasons with the Baylor Bears and a Heisman Trophy, Griffin entered the NFL draft and was chosen by the Washington Redskins. In his first game as a Redskin, Griffin showed arm strength, accuracy, athleticism, and knowledge of the game. His first drive ended in three and out, but on his second and final drive RGIII did not disappoint.
Every quarterback has a unique path to becoming a professional. None more interesting than the eighth overall pick, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. He was recruited by the university as a quarterback, but in his first two years Tannehill started at wide receiver based on his intelligence and raw athleticism. Not until his junior year did he take over as the Aggies quarterback. Never looking back, Tannehill showed he could play the quarterback position at the college level and excel. With only 19 career starts in college, Tannehill was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round. In his first preseason game, playing as the backup quarterback, Tannehill surprised the football world. After the Dolphins starters couldn’t gather any momentum on the offensive side of the ball
He drove his team to the 20 yard line where he completed his first career touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon on a wide receiver screen. In his first game as a pro Griffin showed the talent and potential to be chosen with the second overall pick.
it was the backup player’s turn. Tannehill showed command of the offense, delivering big plays and leading them down the field. On just his second drive of the half, Tannehill delivered. Driving the field nearly by himself, the rookie threw his first touchdown to tight end Charles Clay. After beginning the preseason as the third string quarterback, Tannehill has later been named the regular season openers starting quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. The future begins in Miami. All three of these first round picks have high expectations for themselves and from their teams. With the regular season just around the corner, these rookies have the confidence of the team behind them. To make it in the NFL, you have to win.
September sports schedule Sunday
3 Labor Day
4 BSC Golf Invite Mandan 11a.m.
5 Volleyball BSC Armory 7 p.m.
10 Papa’s Pumpkin Patch opens Sept. 10 - Oct. 20
11 Patriot Day Mystician Office 315 Schafer Hall 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
17 Constitution Day Vote via Text
19 Volleyball BSC Armory 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Community Bowl 3 p.m. Apple Dash Run/Walk Hughes Field 2 p.m. 16
Constitution Week Friends’ Day
6 United Tribes International Powwow Sept. 6-9
8 Parade of Champions Begins at 9:30 a.m. State Capitol Grounds
14 Downtowners’ Street Fair
15 Downtowners’ Street Fair Kroll’s Diner Bismarck Marathon 7:30 a.m.
20 Volleyball BSC Armory 7 p.m.
22 Living Masterpieces
Positive Thinking Day
Francis Leach High Plains Science Complex
Shaggy Shuffle Fund Raising Walk State Capitol 2-3 p.m. 23
5-7 p.m. & 8-10 p.m.
28 Henry Rollins Dakota Stage Ringling Brothers/ Barnum & Bailey Circus Sept. 28-30
29 Designer Genes Buddy Walk State Capitol 10 a.m. Fox on the Run Road Race 5K
Ask a Stupid Question Day Chinese Moon Festival
Mystician | September 2012